Willowsford Tenderfoot Adventure Race

September 23, 2018


Join us in this amazing neighborhood in the woods for one of our favorite events of the year: the Willowsford Tenderfoot adventure race. Why is it our favorite? Because nothing is better than seeing that exhausted but accomplished and extremely proud expression on participants as they race with their team (their mom or dad, big brother or little sister, best friends, girlfriend, old college buddies...), and especially at the finish punch! 

Because you gotta start somewhere we’ve created the Tenderfoot Adventure Race—an event for beginners and families to mountain bike, trek, strategize, navigate, perform challenges, and paddle by following a map with marked checkpoints. Basically, it's an all-terrain scavenger hunt with a handsome reward…great prizes, muddy legs, a sweaty body, and proud smiles like you may not have seen in a while. All teams will have 3 hours to find as many checkpoints as possible, and after you find that last checkpoint on the map, join us for delicious post-race food and the awards ceremony.

The morning of the race, we'll give you a map with checkpoints and a list of "Rules of Travel." This gives you clues to checkpoints and tells you how you'll get to them--by trekking, paddling, or mountain biking. Teams will have 3 hours to find as many checkpoints as possible. The highest point accumulation in the shortest amount of time will determine ranking. Once the teams have found all of the required checkpoints, they sprint back to cross the finish line.

We offer two Tenderfoot categories: Family and Adventure Class. The family team (with 2- or 3-person participants in a team) must have at least one member younger than age 16 and participates in a shorter, easier version of the Adventure Class course. (It's still an achievement for teams but not meltdown inducing.) The Adventure Class (soloist or 2- or 3-person teams) offers a longer, more challenging course with a lot of optional opportunities to really have an adventure and hone those navigation and trail skills. (Note: We have found that if the youngest team member is 13 or older, Adventure Class is a better choice, offering more of a challenge.)


Race Packet Pickup/Pre-Race Brief/Race Start/Finish


The Greens

41025 Willowsford Ln

Aldie, VA 20105




​The Tenderfoot is designed for beginner adventure racers and for families. Those who register as a Family will tackle a shorter/easier course than those who register in the Adventure Class category. If you have only one participant on your team who is aged 13 or older, you may want to consider registering for the Adventure Class rather than the Family category.

  • Two-person teams (Female, Male, or Co-ed Adventure Class)

  • Three-person teams (Female, Male, or Co-ed Adventure Class)

  • Family Teams (2 person, 3 Person) To qualify as a family team at least one team member must be younger than 16 years old and one team member must be older than 18 years old.


5-15 miles


Location is on Google maps here. We will have an Adventure Enablers flag on Braddock Road. When you turn on to Grassland Grove Drive, drive to the end and find a parking space along the side of the road. Please stay on the blacktop; the road is wide enough to park on either side.

The start and finish area is located at the end of Grassland Grove Drive. GPS address is 41025 Willowsford Ln, Aldie, VA, ‎then follow Grassland Grove Drive all the way to the end and park alongside the road.


Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Greens, 41025 Willowsford Lane, Aldie, VA  20105


7:30 am-8:30 am: Race packet pickup and transition set-up

8:45 am: Pre-race brief (Mandatory for all team captains)

9:00 am: Race start

12:00 pm: Racers must be off the course

12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Post-race food and awards ceremony


Registration fee is per team member.

Adventure Class 2- and 3-Person Teams

Early Registration is $60 until 6/23

Regular Registration is $70 until 7/23

Late Registration is $80 until 8/23

Last-Minute Registration is $90 until registration closes on 9/22 at noon


Early Registration is $70 until 6/23

Regular Registration is $80 until 7/23

Late Registration is $90 until 8/23

Last-Minute Registration is $100 until registration closes on 9/22 at noon

Family, 2- and 3-person teams (At least one racer must be between the ages of 6 and 15, and at least one team member must be age 18 or older.)

Early Registration is $40 until 6/23

Regular Registration is $50 until 7/23

Late Registration is $60 until 8/23

Last-Minute Registration is $70 until registration closes on 9/22 at noon

An additional $8 race day fee is required by USARA and can be paid on race day or during online registration.

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup and transition setup will be held at each race starting area on race morning. During packet pickup the team captain must be present. Participants will receive race swag, maps, rules of travel, ePunch, and race numbers.



Supplied Gear
Watercraft, PFDs, race maps, race passport, ePunch, rules of travel.
Mandatory Gear

Mandatory gear will not be checked during check-in. Random checks on gear will be performed during the race. Penalty points will be assessed for any missing items. These items are not all inclusive of items you will need to complete the race. You will be out in the elements for up to 3 hours. Bring other equipment as appropriate to get through the event.


At all times during the race each racer must have in their possession the following equipment unless otherwise stated in the Rules of Travel:

  • Pack to carry gear

  • Enough food for replenishment

  • Hydration system (Hydration pack, water bottle, etc. with capacity to carry at least 2 liters)

  • Closed-toe shoes must be worn during the entire race (no bare feet or open-toe sandals)


While biking each racer additionally must have:

  • Mountain bike or any bike that has two (or three) wheels. The terrain will not be paved so just make sure your bike can go on hard-packed dirt trails and gravel roads.

  • Helmet (CPSC, ANSI, or SNELL certified)


While paddling each racer additionally must have:

  • PFD Class III (provided by Adventure Enablers)


Per team:

  • ePunch (Provided by Adventure Enablers)

  • Race maps (Provided by Adventure Enablers)

  • Rules of Travel (Provided by Adventure Enablers)

  • General Race Rules (Provided by Adventure Enablers)

  • Fully charged cell phone in water-tight bag. Ideally bring a smart phone so you can take pictures on the course.

  • Dry bag or method of keeping equipment (such as your cell phone) dry

  • Bike tool kit and at least one spare bike tube

Bike Section

Road and Cyclo Cross bikes are not permitted. Racers must use the same bike throughout the entire race. In the event of mechanical failures, replacement parts can be used but they must be provided by the team, other racers, or an event official. No outside assistance is allowed. Bikes will not be checked for mechanical worthiness, but we recommend your bike be in good working order.

Paddle Section

All paddle equipment will be provided including water craft, PFD and paddle.  You do not need to brinig any personal paddle equipment.


Teams will be provided with maps to complete the course. Checkpoints will be pre-plotted. Additional maps can be used at the discretion of the racers.

Prizes & Awards

All divisions will receive prizes generously donated by our sponsors. Awards will go three deep.


The heart of a great event is its volunteers. If you have a passion for helping out and are interested in volunteering, we'd love to have you join the fun! We have options for individuals, groups, and families. Donations to charities are available. Looking to complete service hours? We can help you out with that too.


Click here to sign up as a volunteer.

Cancellation and Transfer Policies

Click here for information.


We have posted an extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions on the Adventure Enablers web site. Please check this page if you have any questions regarding the race. If you don’t find the answer or need clarification, feel free to email info@adventureenablers.com.

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